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Cabazon Dinosaurs. Dinny the Dinosaur.
Cabazon, California

Cabazon Dinosaurs

"World's biggest dinosaur" featured in Pee Wee's Big Adventure, now houses a creationist museum in its abdomen.
33.9229, -116.7743
Calipatria, California

Salvation Mountain

Self-built mound covered in messages of God's love.
33.2542, -115.4727
The welcome sign
Calipatria, California

Slab City

During winter months, abandoned navy base becomes off-grid home and alternative living community for thousands of retirees.
33.2589, -115.4664
Obsidian butte.
Calipatria, California

Obsidian Butte on the Salton Sea

Huge otherworldly domed rocks on the shore of a deadly lake.
33.1716, -115.6380
The Davis-Schrimpf Seep Field.
Calipatria, California

Davis-Schrimpf Seep Field

Burping, gurgling geothermal mud pots by the Salton Sea.
33.2040, -115.5789
Bombay Beach, California. (Wikimedia Commons)
Bombay Beach, California

Bombay Beach

Version of the French Riviera destroyed by the sea.
33.3506, -115.7296
A place to sit and admire the sea.
Thermal, California

Salton Sea

The ghostly remains of an accidental sea.
33.2987, -115.9561
Letchworth Village canteen and kitchen
Thiells, New York

Letchworth Village

Decades after testing the polio vaccine on unwitting patients, this historic mental hospital sits in ruin.
41.2124, -74.0235
Fort Courage
Houck, Arizona

Fort Courage

This abandoned bootleg attraction was built to cash in on the popularity of classic TV show, F Troop.
35.2831, -109.2070
Popeye Statue. (Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism)
Alma, Arkansas

Popeye Statue

Bronze statue marks the spinach capital of the world.
35.4777, -94.2215
St. Peter’s Spiritual Temple
Memphis, Tennessee

St. Peter’s Spiritual Temple (Voodoo Village)

A reclusive Memphis neighborhood is home to decades worth of misunderstood Masonic folk art.
35.0205, -90.1179
The National Civil Rights Museum
Memphis, Tennessee

National Civil Rights Museum

The hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot now functions as a museum dedicated to his life's work.
35.1347, -90.0577
Memphis, Tennessee

Elmwood Cemetery

Mass graves and Victorian monuments mark the history of Memphis in this 19th century cemetery.
35.1240, -90.0294
Memphis, Tennessee

Silky O'Sullivan's

Home to drunken tower-climbing goats... seriously.
35.1396, -90.0520
The Crystal Shrine Grotto
Memphis, Tennessee

The Crystal Shrine Grotto

This head-spinningly bizarre Depression-era art cave is wall-to-wall quartz and Jesus.
35.1104, -89.8740
Entrance on Union Ave, just around the corner from Beale Street
Memphis, Tennessee

Sun Studio

This Memphis recording studio launched the careers of Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.
35.1393, -90.0377
James K. Polk Tomb
Nashville, Tennessee

President James K. Polk's Tomb

The grave of America's 11th president is not in some grand monument but instead it's hidden away on the grounds of the Tennessee Capital.
36.1666, -86.7840
Dead Woman's Crossing
Weatherford, Oklahoma

Dead Woman's Crossing

This highway overpass was named after the tragic disappearance of a young mother who got mixed up with the wrong people.
35.5680, -98.6504
Lipstick, flowers
Los Angeles, California

Marilyn Monroe's Grave

Her final resting place was intended to be modest and private, but the power of her popularity continues to draw visitors.
34.0584, -118.4420
Nancy Thompson's House from A Nightmare on Elm Street
Los Angeles, California

Thompson Home

Nancy Thompson's Home from "A Nightmare on Elm Street."
34.0971, -118.3579
Hollywood sign seen from Griffith Observatory
Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood's most famous landmark, the "temporary" sign that has stood for just short of 9 decades longer than intended.
34.1347, -118.3209
Various graves at Mt. Olive cemetery, now weathered and illegible. (Joshua Wade/Atlas Obscura)
Atlanta, Georgia

Mount Olive Cemetery

Small cemetery is all that remains of Atlanta's first black communities.
33.8370, -84.3741
Atlanta, Georgia

The Krog Street Tunnel

An underground magnet for ever-changing street art.
33.7523, -84.3634
Your body goes in here (yes, yours)
Atlanta, Georgia

CDC Museum

Tour the sci-fi-esque reality of governmental disease management.
33.7990, -84.3297